6 Tips for a Plant-Powered Lunchbox

Creating a healthy plant-based lunchbox for kids is not only nutritious but can be delicious, exciting and teach good eating habits early on!

Here are five steps to help you prepare a balanced and appealing meal:

1. Include a Variety of Food Groups: Aim to include foods from different food groups to ensure your child gets a well-rounded meal. Incorporate whole grains, such as whole grain bread or pasta, fruits, vegetables, protein sources like beans, roasted chickpeas or plant-based Nuggets, and add nuts, and healthy fats like avocado or seeds.

2. Plan Balanced Meals: Plan your child’s lunchbox to include a balance of macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) to keep them energised and satisfied throughout the day. For example, pair whole grain crackers with hummus for carbohydrates and protein, and add some sliced vegetables and a piece of fruit for fibre and vitamins.

3. Colour is your friend: pack a lunchbox that has loads of colour. Kids are more likely to eat foods that are visually appealing. Incorporate a variety of colours in their lunchbox by including different fruits and vegetables. Consider cutting fruits and vegetables into fun shapes or arranging them in a visually appealing way to make the meal more enticing.

4. Offer Healthy Snacks: Include nutritious snacks in your child’s lunchbox to keep them satisfied between meals. Opt for whole food snacks like cut-up veggies with dip, fresh fruit, nuts, or homemade energy balls. Try making plant based sausage rolls or mini pies – freeze and heat in the morning. Or buy ready made your closest retailer (Fry’s Sausage Rolls https://fryfamilyfood.com/za/our-food/sausage-rolls/ are my kids favourite)

5. Involve Your Child: Get your child involved in the meal planning and preparation process. Let them choose fruits, vegetables, and snacks they enjoy eating and involve them in packing their lunchbox. This can help increase their excitement about healthy eating and empower them to make healthier food choices.

6. Buy a thermos to keep food hot – kids love a warm meal in winter. Think fried rice, baked potato with cheeze, veg lasagne, or plant-based nuggets.

By following these steps, you can create a healthy plant-based lunchbox that provides your child with the nutrients they need to thrive and comes back empty and the end of the day!!

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